"For those interested in learning more about the ForTune guitars I spammed the list about (My apologies for that) the web site is http://cfmorrisonguitars.com . There is lots of info there about the how and why of the design for the curious."
"Jay, I realize the difficulty of the time elapse thing, and I also know there is an awful lot of touch and tactile memory stuff that only experience can yield involved. But I wouldn't mind at all paying you for your time to go over some tips…"
"HI Jim! I think the best way to learn finishing is to do it. We learn from our mistakes. I have built 120+ instruments and still learn something new each time on both the build and the finish. To teach sometiihing like finsihing would be an…"
"I'm using shellac now. I spray it to get a build similar to a thin lacquer. I used Nitro for about 20 years before I just couldn't take the stink any more. That and seeing builders I knew and admired succumbing…"
Thanks for that very complete rundown on your process. I came to visit your shop some time back with two friends of mine, one of who is also a luthier. We were knocked out by the beauty of your instruments and the amazing sounds you were…"
Stephen, I did make this guitar with plywood sides, in 2000/2001. I steel keep it, in fact, I played it today.
The sides were made of 1.5 mm thick Tola plywood, made of 3 sheets, each of them 0.5 mm thick. The inner sheet has the vein…"
"Hi Jim (and everybody else)! I have been using water based for about three years now. I currently use Target Coatings' EM 6000 gloss. I love this stuff and it is easy to work with. And not toxic though drinking it is not recommended. :>)…"
"Thanks for the heads-up about sanding dust. I take it that you were dry sanding. Are you using traditional lacquer or have you switched to something else. I actually prefer to French Polish my instruments, but a number of my clients are playing out…"
Hi Brent ,, I have meaning to get over your way for some time now ,, I have some Film Collegues working at IslandTree on Bainbridge Island.. I think its not far from Seattle. So will definately look you up when I make it there
How did you get your pictures to load inside the message you left in the Guitar makers group? I thought I was loading mine so they would appear in the message and instead they appeared as a bunch of links??? Let me know what you think of my 8 string!
Brent...I just got a better look at some of your sound hole designs..."purty" darn nifty...I think some of the super looking rosettes are wood inlays versus the momma pearls etc.... some folks like the flashy glitter...I do too, but, the grain, light and dark contrasts of wood really puts a classy touch on the finished product. I just like wood!!
What a gorgeous beauty there Brent. I noticed on #8 the placement of the position markers.....makes sense, easier to find between the frets looking downward. I joined this group as a wanna be builder/maker...have done some repair work and am colllecting/buying tools and wood. Haven't decided to go kit first versus just jumping in....probably just jump in...that's my style, just go for broke on the learning curve. I purchased "guitar building" by Cumpiano & Natelson afew years ago..have read the book at least 7 times. Have some other stuff too. You must get one heck of a sense of pride and satisfaction after standing back and admiring the finished work.....you surely should, no different than the Man up Above on the 7th day. It that your guitar Bill is playing on the song, if yes or no....it sounds easy and mello.